This November, NDTO hosted a group of international buyers across ND to explore a variety of specialty crop offerings. The buyers were made up of several companies interested in dry beans, chickpeas, and other pulse products produced in ND.
Nine ND companies participated in the mission and reported positive results in making new contacts and a high potential for future business relationships. “This was our first reverse trade mission since the pandemic, and we were excited to host our South American guests. The ND companies who participated did a great job in introducing their products and showcasing some of the fruitful opportunities in ND,” says Lindsey Warner, NDTO’s Director of Operations, as she led the group throughout the state.
The week started off with a visit to Northern Crops Institute in Fargo to learn more about the agriculture practices and pulses grown in our region. Then the group trekked north and then west across our great state visiting exporters and processing facilities. What was sunny and nice weather for November quickly turned a little bit more, shall we say, North Dakota. The delegates got the full ND experience as a blizzard coated the fields in a fresh layer of snow, a first for some of our visitors. “Although we had some really eventful weather and got to show our guests what ND looks like in multiple seasons, it was such a great time to get everyone together, and we all know true bonds can be made during a blizzard,” explained Warner.
Overall, the mission was successful, with only a few minor travel changes and some quick thinking. Everyone made it to their destinations and home again safely. Thank you again to our Colombian and Peruvian guests, we hope you had a great time in ND! Also, a special thank you to the ND companies who adapted throughout the week!